Saw Spiderman 3 last night with some of the boys from church and there was a scene in the movie that reminded me of a time back in my high school days...
It was my friend Simon's 14th birthday. He decided to celebrate it with a small handful of friends at his place over the weekend. We were all having a good time and enjoyed the plethora of junk food that Simon's folks had prepared for us.
However, it wasn't until the latter part of the afternoon when we all soaked up the warm summer sun where things began to turn a little awkward. From out of nowhere Simon asked what we all thought about one of the chic's in our class.
"So what do you think of Gabrielle?" he asks.
Some of the guys felt a little uneasy with this line of questioning and I didn't know whether it was due to the fact that he was asking this in BROAD daylight, or the fact that we were all in a pool half-naked!
"Umm, yeah she's nice," said Ross shyly.
"What about Adele?" said Simon continuing on.
"Nah," said Henrik, "she's too short."
"What about Salome?"
"Yeah, she's nice, but isn't Jono dating her," said Marcel.
Simon continued on going through pretty much all the girls in our year. Eventually everyone warmed up to the continuous questioning and eventually Simon had an entire who's who of all the girls in our year... except for one.
He missed out on mentioning one chic in our year: the cute little red-head Michelle.
It wasn't until everyone had quietened down from teasing the other about dating this girl or that girl in our year that Simon then asked the final question:
"What do you think of Michelle?" he asked, softer than normal.
"O yeah, she's hot," said one. Another agreed. Followed by another, and another, and another... before you knew it everyone was agreeing. As everyone was voicing their approval, Simon quietly added,
"Yeah and I'm going to ask her out."
Everyone suddenly stopped.
"What?" asked Ross.
"I was thinking of asking her out... you know... maybe go out to a movie or something."
All of us were stunned, and I think this had a lot to do with the fact that all of us had a crush on Michelle.
How dare he! rang everyone's thoughts.
But you know what?
Simon was the only one of us who actually had the balls to approach her because I knew I could never do it. And all of us had had ample opportunity to ask Michelle out yet never one of us did.
"Go for it dude," I said breaking the silence.
"Simon, you haven't got a chance," said Ben laughing away, others joined in thinking that maybe Simon was making some sort of a joke.
Cake came to Simon's rescue and we all sang a belated happy birthday.
Unfortunately though, Ben was right. The following week Simon decided to take the bull by the horns, take my advice and approach Michelle.
Details were sketchy on what actually transpired, I think Michelle laughed and then when she realised that he wasn't joking apologised and declined. Simon was devastated for weeks - Michelle lost a heart, and interestingly none of the other boys (that were at Simon's party) ever asked her out throughout the remainder of high school.
I think we all knew we were waaaay out of her league - even the alpha male in our year only lasted a couple of weeks! She was kryptonite!
Anyway, I guess when you turn 14 you feel invincible: some around hot girls, others on fast moving yellow objects!
So why did that particular memory pop into my head while watching Spidey 3? Well, it had to do with the bit where both Peter Parker and his friend Harry Osborn discover that they both had a crush on the red-haired Mary Jane. See, I'm not that crazy... there was a logical link.
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